Indie distributor GKIDS confirmed Monday that it has acquired North American distribution rights for animated feature Mune: The Guardian of the Moon.
Mune has already been announced as one of 27 animated features submitted for consideration in this year's Oscar race. GKIDS plans to give it a qualifying run ahead of a theatrical release in early 2017.
Directed by Alexandre Heboyan and Benoît Philippon, the French film takes places in a fantastical world where a young faun named Mune is unexpectedly entrusted with the monumental title of Guardian of the Moon. A new English-language version will be released in North America.
In 2015, Mune won the Young People's Jury Award at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival and earned best film honors at the Tokyo Anime Awards.
GKIDS has five films competing in the animated feature race this year: Mune, along with My Life as a Zucchini, Miss Hokusai, April and the Extraordinary World and Phantom Boy. Since 2010, GKIDS has scored eight best animated feature Oscar nominations.